Dallas Zoo

Dallas Zoo in Oak Cliff/South Dallas

650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway
Dallas, TX 75203

east of Marsalis
Business Hours
  • Sunday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Monday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Tuesday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Wednesday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Thursday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Friday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
  • Saturday 9:00AM – 4:00PM

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My favorite things to do at the Dallas Zoo include feeding the giraffes, visiting the goats at the Lacerte Family Children's Zoo and the bird shows. Be sure to check the schedule for keeper talks, which are often chances to get better views of the animals.

The Dallas Zoo, founded in 1888, began with just two deer and two mountain lions in City Park. It later moved to Fair Park in 1909 and quickly outgrew its second home, moving to Marsalis Park in 1912 where it stands today. Throughout the past 100 years, numerous upgrades have been made and collections expanded. In 1955, the Dallas Zoological Society was established as a non-profit to support the Zoo. In 2009 a public-private partnership was formed to transition to private management of the Zoo. In addition, the Dallas Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals, and today, the Zoo is thriving with new exhibits such as the Koala Walkabout presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation, SOAR, A Festival of Flight, and the Giants of the Savanna to name a few. Information from the zoo's website

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